Steve Harvey: Trump Is ‘Keeping His Promise’ on Inner City Housing
Comedian and television host Steve Harvey feels compelled to defend his decision to meet with Donald Trump after the President won the election in November of 2016.
Mr. Harvey has stated that he has received a great deal of backlash since the highly-publicized meeting. Much of that backlash has come from other African-American artists and entertainers.
“On a personal note, a lot of ya’ll hurt me,” Harvey admitted. “You really did. I didn’t expect the backlash to be so fierce.”
Rapper and reality TV star T.I. said Harvey should “know way better than” to meet with Trump. CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill called Harvey a “mediocre negro” who was seeking attention,
Despite the harsh criticism, Mr. Harvey said he felt it was important to meet and work with the President when asked.
“… I have an obligation to take a seat at the table when invited,” said Harvey. “Change can only happen if you sit at the table. If you’re not at the table you can’t even suggest what we should be doing.”
Therefore, it was very important for me to take the meeting,” Harvey remarked.
The popular host of the Family Feud also says that the President has been making good on his promises to help restore America’s underprivileged communities. After he won the election last November, President Trump and Mr. Harvey and discussed plans to partner with the President’s new Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on an affording housing initiative.
“As far as doing what he promised me he would do, he is doing it,” Harvey declared. “I’m working with HUD. I’m going to get some housing for underprivileged people. We’re going to set up some centers around the country.”
“He’s keeping his word to what he said he would do,” Harvey added when asked if he was happy with the job Trump has done so far.
Harvey said he was contacted about the meeting with the President via email through his TV show contacts.